“You’re giving us goosebumps.” I liked the reaction and think the music isn’t half bad either. I’ve listened to some other of their songs through Spotify and approve. The reaction hits at the 1 minute mark.
I’m going to use this post to write about what I currently do. Work is work, but after work I have a fair amount of free time that I use on various life exercises. My thought on being a human is that you are always trying to improve. Therefore, I try to mix an amount of self improvement as well as activities that are pure fun factor. Here’s the Breakdown:
After talking to Sam and Alex on Tuesday, everybody doesn’t like to read. If you are a slow reader and it takes weeks or months to finish books, then reading as pleasure is an afterthought. I’m not a speed reader but I can push through books if I put my mind to it. I have probably read a little of everything in terms of genres so I know what I like and what I don’t. My favorite type books are:
- Chuck Klosterman and humorous observation of society.
- Anything that is popular ie. Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I do this to be able to hold conversation with others who read with the masses.
- The classics. Books that are widely held in high esteem like Atlas Shrugged or Dracula. I recently finished The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain because it was free on my Kindle.
- My least favorite books are history and religion. I’ve been trying to slog through them as of late because they are easily my weakest subjects and I try not to sound like a complete tard.
I haven’t been watching as much TV which is usually when I decide to read. True Detective is obviously the #1 show right now and I’ll put on Walking Dead while I’m doing something else because the show has gotten so bad. I watched the first 2 episodes of the arm wrestling show, Game of Arms, on AMC and it’s watchable but only to see how looks can be deceiving in arm wrestling. I intend to speed watch House of Cards in the next few days. I’m looking forward to GOT in the Spring obviously.
I think movies have gotten difficult to watch. I’m constantly hearing about how good movies are, then I watch them, then I leave feeling like they sucked. Silver Linings Playbook sucked. I liked American Hustle but I feel like I’ve seen that 10x over with movies of the past. Captain Phillips wasn’t bad but I didn’t feel a lick of suspense throughout it. I’ll DVR movies from the past and catch up on GOOD movies. ET and Blade Runner were ones I DVR’d. Movies are usually when I’m pretty bored.
German and Photoshop
I’ve had these on my list to do for a long time and I will continue to increase my skills in them. These are those useful skills that require actual thought that I add into my life. I’ve noticed that unless you implement them in your daily routine, the knowledge tends to fade away. Now that I have more free time again, I’ll make sure I enhance these two practical skills. I quit this post out of sheer laziness. I could have kept adding more but it’s Friday and I’m ready to call it quits.
Are you a fan of Wawa? Read this article and become one. In it contains 11 reasons why Wawa is popular. The reasons are their tasty hoagies, fresh food, free Atm’s, touch screen ordering, service, convenience, house brand items, breakfast, 24/7 hours, the place to be, and uniqueness. As a frequent Wawa customer, I have developed a few of my own particular reasons I love Wawa.
How to miss this one on the list is frightful. Wawa coffee could be the most highly anticipated reason I go to Wawa out of everything. It’s almost always piping hot and you get to put in your own cream and sugar. This last point is so key that there is nothing worse than having my coffee not exactly the way I want it. Maybe I want 2 truck-loads of sugar and half milk in there, I can. There are a wide variety of flavors as well which I don’t partake but is certainly a bonus. Plus it’s so damn good and reasonably priced. The person who wrote the article should be fired for missing this one.
I know the Wawa in Fort Washington, Pa is going to be the same in Wilmington, De. The stores are all the same and the consistency of quality is unmatched. I know what I’m getting every single time and I like it. This gives a sense of security and when I see a Wawa in any single location, I identify it with a good experience in a myriad of locations. This is key in a chain because I don’t stick to just one, but I’ll buy from any of their 625 locations.
Not every Wawa has gas but the ones that do are usually fairly priced in relation to the market. Is this true or is my bias towards Wawa making me think this? Do a few cents a gallon even matter? Whenever I’m out of gas, I’m actively seeking a Wawa for other reasons than just gas. It’s my survival hub. I don’t have physical evidence to back up low prices but here’s an article about a Wawa opening in Orlando and charging $2.99 per gallon for gas while others in the article are price gouging at $5.99. What do you think about their prices?
Brands I Like
When I’m at a Wawa, I’m able to get products that I want to buy. I like Nantucket Nectars and they have Apple, Orange Mango, and Half and Half every location. I like Smartfood which is a staple. When I get sick of that I go Honey BBQ Fritos. Every store, every time. The bottom line is that I always find something I like. I’ve gone to CVS and 7-11′s and even if I want to buy something, I don’t. The other stores don’t pay attention to what the consumer wants but tend to sell items with the vendors they are currently set up with. They sell you what they want, not what you want.
You Don’t Want To Be Competing Against Wawa
The final and ultimate reason why Wawa is the best. If you are Cumberland Farms in Dresher and the Wawa just opened up in the perfect spot next to the on ramp by the turnpike, you just shit your pants. The owner of that Cumby is the last person on Earth you want to be right now. For the reasons listed above, for the reasons listed in the Business Insider, and for the reasons listed by BuzzFeed, you don’t want to compete against Wawa. The only reason people don’t like Wawa is because they are scared of the first-rate convenience store that does everything perfect. Wawa = Joy. Most company’s don’t instill this level of excitement and satisfaction. Wawa does.
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It was the Shee’s birthday yesterday and I had no idea so I obviously missed it. I feel bad about it but I’m not sure what I could have done other than known when it was by memory. There was no Facebook reminder and it didn’t spring up in conversation in the weeks leading up. This is the 2nd birthday in the past month or two of a person who is close to me that I wasn’t aware of. I’m indifferent.
I know 8 people’s birthdays by heart. Each member of my family, my oldest friend Bud, Evan’s because it’s New Years, and Ck4 because I’m reminded by the 24th and it happens in the month of our family vacations. To everyone else, I have no idea when your birthday is and have no future plans to learn them. This doesn’t make me a bad person. People who put credence in others remembering their birthday take it way too seriously. It’s a nice thing to have someone wish you a happy birthday, but it isn’t a deal breaker. A friendship isn’t about one moment in time. We live on this Earth for 75 years and you know who your friends are based on a body of work that goes way past remembering birthdays.
Friends are people who pick you up when your car dies. Who let you stay with them when you are locked out. Who hang out until 3 in the morning talking drunk talk. My brain doesn’t program around birthdays and their importance. If I remember a birthday, I remember a birthday. I’m not a guy who marks every friends birthday in my calender so I can remember to wish them a happy birthday and get them a present. The fake friend Facebook happy birthday is an abomination. I’d rather real miss your birthday than fake Facebook it. This may not be thoughtful but this is my truth.
I read an article on Yahoo where Dominique Wilkins was downplaying Lebron’s 61 point performance and calling out that there was no defense and it was against a sub .500 Bobcats team. You’ll have to find him on Twitter to get each and every Tweet on the subject but here are the key ones.
No denying he put on a shooting display. He was hot. Let’s not forget, he was playing the Bobcats. A sub 500 team w a match up nightmare.
— Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Watch the film. No close outs on D, doubles were late, rotations were slow. It was too easy to score. At 54 y/o I could drop 40 on that D — Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
Bron is a freakish athlete, yes, no doubt. I could say I was too in my prime, but averaging 30 then against the greats like Bird, MJ, King — Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
My take is not knocking Bron at all. It’s really more so about the game & how it has changed.
— Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) March 4, 2014
What I took from this isn’t Dominique critiquing Lebron’s game which is what the average layman would think. Nor the odd egotistical nature of Dominique Wilkins thinking he could drop 40 points against any team currently. It’s his final Tweet which I believe is accurate. I was a huge basketball fan when guys like Jordan, Barkley, Ewing, and Nique were in their prime. I was a little kid who didn’t understand basketball like I do now, but I did grow up surrounded by these legends. With these comments, Nique is pointing out how wide the range of talent on the floor is today which I can’t decide if it was the same as in the 80′s and 90′s when basketball was considered great. This is the key question when thinking over these comments. Were the 5 starters on all teams closer in talent than in today’s game?
I would consider myself a Sixers fan if there is such a thing today. Watching a team lose 15 straight and winning a 100 dollars betting against them the last two nights, I know that the talent on the floor is sad. Lebron would be a knife cutting through the Sixers defensive butter and could probably score 100 against them if he wanted to. Does this belittle the fact that he can do it in an NBA game? I don’t think it does.
If it were so easy to score 61 points in a game, wouldn’t anyone be able to do it? ”After all, it has only happened 31 times for 18 players in the last 51 years — those are numbers that indicate just how difficult and rare the accomplishment is.” The answer is that even with no defense and below average NBA talent, 99% of the players in the league are not dropping 61 points.
So this brings about, Dominique, why on Earth are you making this a discussion. Is it to make you feel better about yourself? When I read articles like this, the only reason I write about them is to point out how stupid it is for 1) to make the comments and 2) to turn them into a story. When aging stars make ridiculous comments comparing themselves to the present, no one should listen. Sit back in your recliner and sip a beer while enjoying this unevenly talented NBA. However, I think it’s fair to say The Human Highlight Film may know a thing or two about basketball.
I send a good amount of emails and pay close attention to how people compose them. I remember taking a class in college called Business Communications and at the time I thought it was the dumbest course. As I think back, I’m pretty sure this laid some guideline to how I construct emails. It’s fair to say that there isn’t one right or wrong way. This email will breakdown specific parts of an email.
The Value of Positioning
Evan, who works for Comcast, believes in a theory that people subconsciously, or maybe even consciously, put the most important people first to start a chain. For example, Lebron James would be my best friend, AI is a person I hang out on the weekend, and I attended Kobe’s wedding but rarely see him. It’s worth pointing out that this is not an exact science and yelling at people for putting you in the 5 hole probably isn’t a good idea. Just something to consider.
When I was away Jeff was manning my email address. He did a fine job but there is something funny I noticed when someone else writes emails posing as you and that is that people have very different writing styles. For instance, Jeff’s opening line was “Hey Joe,” followed by the body. When I saw this I chuckled because I wondered if anyone else that I transpired with over the years would pick up that I’d never do this. My greeting is standard and 99% of the time is the person’s name followed by a comma and then paragraph spacing that leads to the body.. Tom, I’ve seen people use dear, hello, or most commonly nothing at all. I personally will use nothing at all in a reply but never nothing to start one.
I treat emails as a more formal document than a text message. This means I’ll use less profanity and keep out inappropriate thoughts. You never know who is reading emails when you send them to another’s work so it’s better to play it safe. One thing for sure is that I’m completely turned off by people who don’t treat emails with respect. If you type words with extra letters, misspelling, other colors, and all caps, I can’t take you seriously. Why so serious?
A signature is important for an email address. I get genuinely perturbed when people don’t have their contact info in their email. If I need to contact you, where is the first place I’m going to look if I don’t have your info? Your email. A name doesn’t suffice anymore. I want your name, business name, and a phone number at the bare minimum. Fax number, email address, website, and physical address are not bad ideas either. A picture and awards that you received are probably going overboard but I’ve considered something like this. I like the contact card from the UPS example above.
Please never reply all with something that isn’t pertinent to all. People will hate you for this.
I know other people must have some funny ones?
Back to the routine. I have mixed feelings for sure. It’s nice to be comfortable within a day to day but I can’t get this sense of round and round out of my head. Thanks Rust Cohle, “Time is a flat circle and we are trapped in eternity, doomed to repeat our lives over and over again.” This quote goes a little bit more macro than my scenario but similar premise. Off topic but if you aren’t watching True Detective, you are missing one of the finer TV series of our generation.
I spent 10 days traveling around different places and everything had a new excitement to it. I plopped down into a foreign country knowing virtually no one and had a life experience that I’ll never forget. It was exhilarating learning about a different culture, seeing new places and people, and getting out of the glass ball known as America. Having someone tell me, “America is on its own island”, helped put things in perspective. The people of America only care about America and our Gov’t sticks its nose in all international matters for one reason or another with no clue from the people. How many Americans do you think could locate Ukraine on a map?
There were many things I preferred in Europe including laid back, friendly, incredibly intelligent people for one. There was a kindness from the people that I don’t always feel in the States. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to communicate with the locals but I did notice one amazing thing in Cologne that I particularly identified with, there aren’t fat people. People take care of themselves. This obviously isn’t an all encompassing statement but the morbidly obese are far and few between. I spent one day in Vegas and was repulsed by the slothfulness of Americans. I’m not talking 10 or 20 pounds either. People who take care of themselves tend to have a higher standard in things they do.
So I ask myself the question, why do I live here? The easiest answer is because I grew up here and I know people in this area. The thing is, I’m not stapled here. Maybe I’d live a different, better life in another part of the world. I think the answer lies in the saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Meaning that if I were to move to another area, I’d work into a similar routine just somewhere else. This unavoidable routine is both the best and worst parts of life.
I need a routine to have structure and complete tasks. It allows me to make sure I maintain personal hygiene, educate myself with books and video, exercise, or have time to myself to “be happy”. When you are thousands of miles away, this doesn’t come as easy and sometimes not at all. Balance is one of those words that is perfect to use in just about any scenario because balance is a good goal to achieve. What I want to take away from these above points is to always be doing different things and forming new relationships to keep things fresh. The same is an evil in life that lurks quietly but is extremely dangerous.